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A clearcut conducted by The Lyme Timber Company in the southern Adirondacks near Speculator (Photo used by permission)
A clearcut conducted by The Lyme Timber Company in the southern Adirondacks near Speculator (Photo used by permission)

Clear-cut logging debate looms in Adirondacks

Next week the Adirondack Park Agency will vote on a controversial new policy that would change the way clear-cut logging is regulated.

State officials hope to offer a more streamlined general permit to landowners in the Park who want to clear-cut forest stands larger than 25 acres.

Only private timber lands covered by a sustainable forestry plan would qualify for the new permit.

Supporters of the change say it will help the region's logging industry harvest trees more efficiently, while also encouraging smarter long-term management of the Park's forests.

Critics in the environmental community say the APA is giving up too much of its regulatory clout and giving loggers too much leeway.  Go to full article
Will Farr, of Farr Auto Sales, says the new connector road has alleviated traffic along Route 342 - and that helps customers get in and out of his lot more efficiently. Photo by Joanna Richards

Businesses bypassed by new I-81 connector road have mixed reactions

Until recently, the only way to drive between Route 11 and Interstate 81 near Fort Drum was a two-lane road, Route 342. As the Army base grew, local businesses flocked there to serve the increasing traffic.

But the state built an $87 million bypass to ease traffic and give military vehicles a direct route to Fort Drum's main gate. I-781, as it's known, opened last December. Local shop owners have had mixed reactions to the new road.  Go to full article
Part of the area to be cleaned up by Perras Environmental Control.  Photo: David Sommerstein.

Massena firm wins GM cleanup bid

A local environmental firm was selected for the next cleanup phase of General Motors' contaminated site in Massena.  Go to full article
Violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman.

In Concert: Seattle Baroque Soloists in Canton

Five members of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra will share their passion for early music at a concert tonight (8 pm) in the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at St. Lawrence...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend. Good news for winter...  Go to full article
Bill Owens faces an extended ethics review following his controversial 2011 trip to Taiwan. NCPR file photo

Owens faces further ethics probe for Taiwan junket

The House Ethics Committee announced yesterday that it is extending its review of Congressman Bill Owens' controversial trip to Taiwan in 2011. The panel also released a...  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2002 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Cuomo: "Rooftop highway" needs economic reality check

While in Potsdam Tuesday, Governor Cuomo threw cold water on the decades old idea of a new Interstate between Watertown and Plattsburgh. But he left open a sliver of hope for...  Go to full article
Wooly mammoths with other Ice Age megafauna. Mauricio Antón, from "Who Killed the Wooly Mammoth," <a href="">PLOS Biology</a>, 2008. CC, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Ice Age mammals

During the last Ice Age North America was home to many varieties of "super-sized" mammals, megafauna. Giant beaver, 'possums, bears, sloths and other creatures joined the...  Go to full article
Jamie Sheffield will sign copies of <i>Here Be Monsters</i> Saturday, 9:30-12 noon, at the Community Store in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy the author.

How one Adironack mystery novel came to be

Like the protagonist in his debut novel, Here Be Monsters, Jamie Sheffield spent his childhood in New York City, and "escaped" to the Adirondacks later in life. ...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to local press at Clarkson University Tuesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.

For locals, Cuomo's presence in Potsdam is what matters

Governor Cuomo broke little new ground during a stop in Potsdam yesterday. In a speech at Clarkson University, he revisited the themes of his State of the State message from...  Go to full article
Darius Gibbs, a former soldier and member of the Watertown Sportsmen's Club, aims a rifle at the range. Photo: Joanna Richards

How soldiers feel about the gun debate

The gun control debate has reached a new pitch following the passing of the SAFE Act in New York state. But how do the Army and soldiers -- who work with weapons every day --...  Go to full article
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